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Toba Bryant

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 2043
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2697

Research topics

  • health policy
  • social policy
  • health inequalities
  • women's health
  • health equity
  • social determinants of health


Dr. Toba Bryant earned her Master of Social Work (specializing in health and social policy) and PhD at the University of Toronto. She is the author of An Introduction to Health Policy, and co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care. She has published book chapters and articles on policy change, housing and health, and women’s health.


  • Master of Social Work University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario
  • PhD University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario

Courses taught

Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

  • Current Issues in Health
  • Health Policy and Process
  • Research Applications I 
  • Research Applications II
  • Social Determinants of Health

Research and expertise

Research area of specialty:

  • social determinants of health
  • income
  • housing
  • welfare state analysis
  • health and social policy change
  • women’s health

Research background and interests

  • community quality of life
  • critical assessment of living and working conditions of vulnerable populations
  • income-related health inequalities
  • globalization and the health of Canadians
  • income and housing as social determinants of women’s health
  • impact of social class, gender and race on health outcomes

Dr. Bryant is particularly interested in the health of urban populations.

  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa
  • York University
  • CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health, Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Team Grant. Co-Investigator on: Globalization and the health of Canadians: A transdisciplinary research network.
    • 2006 to 2012, $820,000
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant. Co-investigator on: A study on the incidence and management of diabetes.
    • 2005 to 2009, $123,500


  • Recent publications
    • Bryant, T. (2015). Housing. In Pike, I., Richmond, S., Rothman, L., and Macpherson, A. (Eds.), Canadian injury prevention resource: An evidence-informed guide to injury prevention in Canada. Toronto: Parachute.
    • Raphael, D. and Bryant,T. (In press). Reflections on the UK’s legacy of health inequalities research and policy from a North American perspective. In C. Bambra, K. Smith and S. Hill (Eds.), Health inequalities: Critical perspectives. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
    • Bryant, T. (In press). Housing as a social determinant of injury. In A. Mapherson and I. Pike (Eds.), Canadian Injury Prevention Resource. 
    • Bryant, T (2013). Policy change and the social determinants of health. In C. Clavier and E. De Leeuw (Eds.), Health promotion and the policy process: Practical and Critical Theories. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • Dinca-Panaitescua, S, Dinca-Panaitescu, M, Raphael, D, Bryant, T, Daiski, I and Pilkington, B (2012). The Dynamics of the relationship between the experience of low income and type 2 diabetes: Longitudinal results. Maturitas, 72(3), 229-235.
    • Bryant, T (2012). Moving Forward: Applying the Lessons from International Experiences. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Tackling health inequalities: Lessons from international experiences. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
    • Pilkington, FB, Daiski, I, Lines, E, Bryant, T, Raphael, D, Dinca-Panaitescu, M and Dinca-Panaitescu, S (2011). Type 2 diabetes in vulnerable populations: Community healthcare providers’ perspectives of health service needs and policy implications. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 35:5, 503-511.
  • Publications since 2007
    • Bryant, T (2012). Oppression, health, and public policy in Canada. In E. McGibbon (Ed.), Oppression as a social determinant of health. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
    • Bryant, T, Raphael, D, Schrecker, T and Labonte, R (2011). Canada: A land of missed opportunity for addressing the social determinants of health. Health Policy 101:1, 44-58. doi:10.1016/j.healthpol.2010.08.022.
    • Bryant, T (2011). Case study of Canada: Employment trends and policies. Prepared for the Work and Employment Hub of the International Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
    • Bryant, T (2010). Transformation through Public Policy Change. In J. Silver and Fernandez, L. (Eds.) The social determinants of health in Manitoba. Winnipeg: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
    • Bryant, T (2010). The influence of politics and political ideology on social and health spending. In T. Bryant, D. Raphael, and M. Rioux (eds.), Staying alive: Critical perspectives on health, illness, and health care, 2nd edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
    • Bryant, T, Raphael, D. and Rioux, M. (2010). Toward the future: Current themes in health research and practice in Canada. In T.Bryant, D. Raphael, and M. Rioux (eds.), Staying alive: Critical perspectives on health, illness, and health care, 2nd edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Recent conference presentations
    • Pilkington, F. B., Daiski, I., Bryant, T., Raphael, D., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., and Dinca-Panaitescu, M. (July 10, 2014). The Experience of Living with Diabetes and Mental Illness for Low Income Canadians. Webinar, co-sponsored by the Diabetes Nurses Interest Group and the Mental Health Nurses Interest Group, Registered Nurses Association of  Ontario, Toronto.
    • Bryant, T. (May 9, 2014). Relevance of Policy Change Models to Tackle Health Inequalities. Social Policy and Health Inequalities, Centre des sciences Pierre-Dansereau, Université du Québecà Montréal.
    • Bryant, T (August 9, 2012). How can theories of public policy inform our health promotion activities? Health Promotion Research: An International Forum – State of the Art and Directions for the Future, Trondheim, Norway.
    • Bryant, T (June 19, 2011).  Housing Policy for a Globalizing Age, Global Reach, Local Depth, and New geographies of metropolitan health. Invited panelist in a full-day workshop at Canadian Public Health Association, Montreal, Quebec.
    • Bryant, T (July 13, 2010). Policy Change and the Social Determinants of Health. International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland.
    • Bryant, T. (June 11, 2008). The Welfare State and Women’s Quality of Life. Institute on the Social Determinants of  Women’s Health Pre-Conference Workshop, Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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